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Publicly released records show that embattled former IRS Commissioner Douglas  Shulman visited the White House at least 157 times during the Obama  administration, more recorded visits than even the most trusted members of the  president’s Cabinet.

Obama officials who've visited the White House (As prepared by The Daily Caller)

Obama officials who’ve visited the White House  (As prepared by The Daily Caller)

Shulman’s extensive access to the White House first came to light during his  testimony last week before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.  Shulman gave assorted answers when asked why he had visited the  White House 118 times during the period that the IRS was targeting tea party and  conservative nonprofits for extra scrutiny and delays on their tax-exempt applications.

By contrast, Shulman’s predecessor Mark Everson only visited the White House  once during four years of service in the George W. Bush administration and  compared the IRS’s remoteness from the president to “Siberia.” But the scope of  Shulman’s White House visits — which strongly suggests coordination by White  House officials in the campaign against the president’s political opponents — is  even more striking in comparison to the publicly recorded access of Cabinet  members.


An analysis by The Daily Caller of the White House’s public “visitor access  records” showed that every current and former member  of President Obama’s Cabinet would have had to rack up at least 60 more public  visits to the president’s home to catch up with “Douglas Shulman.”

The visitor logs do not give a complete picture of White House access. Some  high-level officials get cleared for access and do not have to sign in during  visits. A Washington Post database of visitor log records cautions,  “The log may include some scheduled visits that did not take place and exclude  visits by members of Congress, top officials and others who are not required to  sign in at security gates.”

The White House press office declined to comment on which visits by  high-ranking officials do and do not get recorded in the visitor log, but it is  probable that the vast majority of visits by major Cabinet members do not end up  in the public record. (RELATED:  How much have scandals hurt Obama’s approval ratings?)

Nevertheless, many visits by current and former Cabinet members are in the  logs, and the record depicts an IRS chief uniquely at home in the White  House.

Attorney General Eric Holder, President Obama’s friend and loyal lieutenant,  logged 62 publicly known White House visits, not even half as many as  Shulman’s 157.


Former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, to whom Shulman reported, clocked in  at just 48 publicly known visits.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton earned a cool 43 public visits,  and current Secretary of State John Kerry logged 49 known White House  visits in the same timeframe, when he was still a U.S. senator.

Shulman has more recorded visits to the White House than HHS Secretary  Kathleen Sebelius (48), DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano (34), Education Secretary  Arne Duncan (31), former Energy Secretary Steven Chu (22) and former Defense  Secretary Robert Gates (17) combined.

The Daily Caller’s analysis includes current, former and presently-nominated  members of Obama’s Cabinet.

After Shulman, Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank (86), Asst.  Attorney General Thomas Perez (83) and Penny Pritzker (76) — Obama’s nominee for  Commerce Secretary — have the most publicly known White House visits.

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